Allison Nolan is the Managing Director of Athena and leads the provision of directorship services for the company, with particular emphasis on services to the investment funds industry. From her background as a partner in a leading offshore law firm and her transaction management experience, Allison has developed a wealth of expertise in the international financial services arena and has extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework in the Cayman Islands and other offshore jurisdictions. This experience, together with her commercial approach, means that she is able to offer an unparalleled excellence of service as an independent director.
Allison qualified as a solicitor, England and Wales (now non-practising) in 1990. She started her legal career at the city of London law firm now known as Taylor Wessing in 1988 where she stayed until 1993. Later Allison became Legal and Documentation Manager at Mitsubishi Corporation Finance PLC in London. She joined the major offshore law firm Appleby in 1998 and was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands (now non-practising). Allison became a partner of that firm in 2002 and was ultimately appointed as Group Team Leader – Funds and Investment Services, Group Team Leader – Structured Finance and Local Team Leader – Capital Markets.
Widely recognized in the area of investment funds and services, Allison has been a frequent speaker at hedge fund conferences and has contributed to several legal journals and industry publications. Whilst practicing as an Attorney-at-Law in Cayman, Allison was ranked amongst the leading corporate / commercial lawyers in the Cayman Islands in Chambers and Partners Global Guide to Lawyers, following endorsement for her work in investment funds, mutual funds and liquidations and was regularly recommended in the ‘Legal 500 – Recommended Law Firms and Lawyers Worldwide’. Allison has been an independent director since 2005; she is the Secretary of the Cayman Islands Directors Association and is an Executive Committee member of the Cayman Islands chapter of AIMA having responsibility for Media and Communications.